Your Career in Agriculture

Agriculture is the most diverse job market of any sector in the economy with outstanding growth opportunities in an increasingly prosperous global market that values safe, ethical and sustainable produce. This growth and other structural opportunities bring with them interesting future workforce opportunities and changes.

FarmReady Hub

The Rural Jobs and Skills Alliance (RJSA) and FarmReady Hub have partnered to launch a comprehensive online accreditation program for jobseekers looking to enter the Australian agriculture sector.

The Pre-Induction Micro-Credential program allows prospective agriculture employees to obtain a FarmReady Card that prepares them for work on farm and opens career pathways to all the employment opportunities across Queensland’s agriculture sector.

  • FarmReady for farmers

    FarmReady benefits farmers by simplifying the business hiring process and streamlines the transfer of information from workers to farmers, employment agencies and contractors.

    The program offers a skills passport for jobseekers to include their licence details, permits, letters of offer, and other qualifications thereby allowing farmers to satisfy the necessary employment administrative requirements.

    By asking new workers to be a FarmReady Cardholders, farm businesses will receive these benefits for free as well as being proactive in the care of their employees and industry.

  • FarmReady for jobseekers

    FarmReady Hub is designed to take the guesswork out of farm work by ensuring new employees arriving at the farm gate are correctly prepared for an agricultural job with an understanding of specific rural workplace health and safety and biosecurity requirements.

    Take the guesswork out of farm work with a FarmReady Card, and plan your agriculture adventure!

Pathways to agriculture

It is an exciting time to be part of the agriculture sector as it provides opportunities for people with a mixture of skills and abilities. Your career in agriculture can also be rewarding. You can contribute to feeding the world, managing the environment, managing future energy sources, and maintaining biodiversity.

  • ‘Your Career in Agriculture’

    We have worked closely with Queensland’s diverse agricultural industries to produce the ‘Your Career in Agriculture’ video and provide a snapshot of the endless possibilities agriculture provides.

    The ‘Your Future in Agriculture’ video highlights the importance of food, fibre, forestry and renewable fuel production, and the endless opportunities and diverse career pathways available in agriculture.

    The video is a useful tool for teachers to communicate, and students and parents to discover the exciting and evolving roles available in the agriculture sector.

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    There are so many possibilities out there for you. If you want to explore your possibilities in agriculture, Career Harvest can help you discover the right fit for you.

    Rural Skills Australia has also produced a guide that can help you in your consideration. The guide seeks to assist students and job seekers, new entrants to the industry, parents and educators, counsellors and employers. It provides useful resources, career descriptions, interactive displays, education and training options to highlight career pathways in rural and related industries.

    While Your Career also has resources that can help you navigate your career options for a future in agriculture.

  • Resources and programs for schools

    Resources for schools

    There are numerous education resources that are currently available for teachers and schools. These resources can be used for all ages to teach different aspects of Queensland’s primary industries.

    Primezone 

    Forest Learning

    Discover Dairy

    Cotton Classroom

    FEAST

    GPS Cows

    Programs supporting schools

    The School to Industry Partnership Program (SIPP) engages school students of all ages with agriculture and shows them the important role it plays in our lives. SIPP currently works with the gateway Schools to Agribusiness with funding from the Department of Employment, Small Business and Training.

    The program’s primary aims are to:

    • Show primary school students where their food and fibre comes from; and
    • Expose high school students to the wealth of
      career opportunities in agriculture and related industries.
  • Apprenticeships, traineeships and other training

    To support Year 12 graduates into work, the Queensland Government also offers free TAFE courses for under 25s in high priority areas. If you are getting ready to graduate Year 12 in 2019 or finished school in 2018, you can kick start your career by getting the skills employers want without the fees.

    If you are interested in becoming an apprentice/trainee

    An apprenticeship can be a great way to gain practical, hands on experience while you are training. If you are interested in becoming an apprentice/trainee, Apprenticeships Info and Australian Apprenticeships and My Skills have plenty of information available to help you get started.

    There are many traineeship and apprenticeship qualifications available. Find the right one here. Find out about out more about  TABMA and the options and support they provide.

    For employers looking at employing a trainee or apprentice

    This is a great way to get a skilled worker into your business while earning incentives in the process. The Queensland Agricultural Workforce Network (QAWN) has put together a resource that can help an employer in finding an apprentice.

  • Universities

    Agriculture as a discipline is more than simply growing crops or animal husbandry. In the modern world, this discipline can often include business, geography, sociology and conservation.

    Studies in agriculture combine these factors to find a solution to difficult problems including environmental challenges, the pressures caused by overpopulation and food shortages that concern governments and global corporations.

    Adoption of new technologies across the agriculture sector will require a combination of skills. The agribusiness sector is recruiting a new generation of technologically savvy graduates as the sector provides more modernised and diverse career pathways for young generations.

    Check out some of the Universities delivering agriculture studies in Queensland.

    The University of Queensland

    Central Queensland University

    University of Southern Queensland

    James Cook University

  • Looking for a job or work experience?

    Are you a recent graduate? You might be interested in our Agriculture Extension Work Placement Program.

    Cotton Gap provides opportunities for school leavers to experience a year, working in unique rural and remote regions of Australia in mixed and varied farming enterprises.

    QFF does not provide job search or employment assistance. However, we have a number of useful links and phone numbers that can connect you with job search websites.

    Pick Queensland

    Harvest Trial jobs board

    Agricultural Appointments

    Agri Labour Australia

    Ag Workforce

    Backpacker Job Board

    Rimfire Resources

    Seek

    Queensland Country Life